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GEARRSAT [NearSpace Launch]

GEARRS or GEARRSAT (Globalstar Experiment And Risk Reduction Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat built by NearSpace Launch in collaboration with the Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL).

The satellite is to investigate, if the use of the Globalstar satellite communications network is a feasible option for the command and control of a small satellite systems and cubesats.

The satellite is based on the recent technology demonstrated by the Taylor University and NSL TSAT experiment.

GEARRS was launched on board of Cygnus CRS-2 to the International Space Station to be deployed from the Japanese airlock. It was deployed on 4 March 2015. GEARRS reentered on 8 November 2015.

A second satellite, GEARRS 2 was launched in May 2015 as a piggy-back payload on an Atlas-5(501) rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GEARRS 1 (GEARRSAT 1) 1998-067FZ 13.07.2014 WI LC-0A Antares-120 with Cygnus CRS-2, Flock-1b 1, ..., 28, MicroMAS, TechEdSat 4, Lambdasat
GEARRS 2 (GEARRSAT 2) 2015-025G 20.05.2015 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(501) with X-37B OTV-4, LightSail A, OptiCube 1, OptiCube 2, OptiCube 3, USS Langley, AeroCube 8A, AeroCube 8B, BRICSat-P, PSat A